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School Choice Myths and Facts

April 14th 2021

Opposition to expanding private school choice (Voucher program) has four main talking points - NONE of which are true when looking at the scientific research and evidence. MYTH 1:  Choice undermines public school funding and cost taxpayers/ public schools.FACTS: Students who receive a voucher make up 3% of our entire K-12 student population but they [...]

The ABCs of School Choice

February 3rd 2021

Every year our partners over at EdChoice produce an extremely comprehensive and helpful booklet with everything you need to know about school voice, voucher and SGO programs, Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) and more, broken down by state. It’s the perfect piece of content to educate yourself on all the ins and outs of school choice […]

WEBINAR: School Fundraising During a Pandemic

June 10th 2020

This summer seems to be providing more questions for school leaders than answers. While a lot of people have lost their jobs or have been furloughed, studies show that a lot of donors are still giving. So, how can you adjust your fundraising strategy to meet your school’s needs during this time? We’re bringing our […]

Statehouse Express Episode 7

February 17th 2020

John Elcesser breaks down what happened at the Statehouse during the sixth week of the Indiana legislative session and addresses bills that could affect our non-public schools. With less than a month left to go in this session, we still have a lot to do!

The Statehouse Express Episode 3

January 21st 2020

Welcome to the third episode of the Statehouse Express! In this episode of our new podcast, John Elcesser talks about the second week of the 2020 legislative session here in Indiana and runs through the bills and activity that could potentially affect non-public schools.

The Statehouse Express: Episode 1

January 8th 2020

We’ve started a podcast! Here’s just another way we’re going to communicate with you during the legislative session to keep you informed, engaged and ready to support our non-public schools. Episode 1 is a brief intro into the content of our podcast and what you can expect. Take a listen and let us know what […]

Secured School Safety Grant Opportunity

April 20th 2018

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has opened up the Secured School Safety Grant Program for 2019 grant applications. The Secured School Safety Grant program supports schools by providing matching grants to school corporations, accredited non-public schools, charter schools or a coalition of school corporations and/or charter schools. Secured School Safety Grant funds can be used […]

Response to Brookings Institute

June 28th 2016

In May 2016, the Brookings Institute published an article by Mark Dynarski called “On negative effects of vouchers.” The article uses various pieces of research to examine how school choice affects students in Louisiana and Indiana. The article’s main premise is,

More on the IDOE Site

March 5th 2012

More information about the Choice Scholarship (Voucher) Program can be found on the website of the Indiana Department of Education.

Steele Amendment Resources

March 5th 2012

The Constitution of the United States http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Constitution http://www.constitution.org/constit_.htm The National Motto http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God_We_Trust http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_national_motto The National Anthem http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/songs/patriotic/anthemmid.htm http://www.usflag.org/the.national.anthem.html The Pledge of Allegiance http://www.wvsd.uscourts.gov/outreach/Pledge.htm The Constitution of the State of Indiana http://www.law.indiana.edu/uslawdocs/inconst.html The Declaration of Independence http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/ http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/DeclarInd.html The Mayflower Compact http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/ap_mayflower_compact.htm http://www.allabouthistory.org/mayflower-compact.htm The Federalist Papers http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/ http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/FEDERAL/frame.html “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine http://www.ushistory.org/paine/commonsense/singlehtml.htm http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/milestones/commonsense/text.html United […]

School Choice (Voucher) Resources

March 5th 2012

DOE Choice Scholarship (Voucher) Program Website http://www.doe.in.gov/choice 2013-14 Voucher Amounts by School Corporation http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/choice/fy14-tuition-adm-choice-awards.pdf 2013-14 Income Limits http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/choice/2013-06-14-revised-voucher-income-guidelines.pdf

Voucher Myths

March 5th 2012

Myth #1: Private school vouchers shift much-needed resources away from local public schools. Real world experience and empirical evidence from other states shows that communities with school choice programs have seen per-pupil public school funding rise. The truth is that when students leave public schools using voucher programs, they free up more money for the students […]

INPEA / SCI / ICC Lottery Guidance

March 5th 2012

Over the past few weeks, there have been numerous questions about the lottery process requirement associated with the Choice Scholarship Program. Based on conversations with our School Choice partners and the DOE, we are providing the following guidance. It is our feeling that this area could face significant scrutiny as the program moves forward. Hence […]

IDOE offers details about Scholarship Tax Credit

March 5th 2012

More information about the Scholarship Tax Credit Program can be found on the website of the Indiana Department of Education.

Text of School Scholarship Tax Credit Statute

March 5th 2012

As Enacted Chapter 30.5. School Scholarship Tax Credit Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, “credit” refers to a credit granted under this chapter. Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, “pass through entity” has the meaning set forth in IC 6-3-1-35. Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, “scholarship granting organization” refers to an organization […]

Information for Charitable Donors

March 5th 2012

The purpose of the Indiana School Scholarship Tax Credit (STC) program is to help low and middle income families access the private or public school of their choice. To provide an incentive to greater charitable giving, the program features a state tax credit. The STC program will provide a 50% state tax credit for contributions made […]

Details about Choice Scholarship (Voucher) Program

February 25th 2012

Indiana Choice Scholarship Program Providing educational options and opportunities for thousands of Indiana families. The Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, enacted in May of 2011, provides scholarships to attend a school of choice, to lower income Indiana families. In conjunction with the Indiana Scholarship Tax Credit Program, these programs offer the opportunity for Indiana families to […]

Update on Scholarship Tax Credit Program

February 25th 2012

Indiana Scholarship Tax Credit Program Providing educational options and opportunities for thousands of Indiana families. The Indiana Scholarship Tax Credit Program was enacted in 2009, but has been expanded as part of the 2011 Choice Bill. In conjunction with the Choice Scholarship Program these programs offer the opportunity for Indiana families to choose the school […]

Educational Choice Position Statement

February 25th 2012

INPEA Position Statement Educational choice programs must respect the integrity and identity of non-public schools. Participation in such programs should not result in a sacrifice of their educational mission, philosophy, creed or governance. INPEA supports the natural and constitutional right of parents to choose the school that they believe is best suited to meet the […]